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Grateful Dead Live at Hartford Civic Center on 1983-10-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Hartford Civic Center on 1983-10-14

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Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Big River, Althea-> CC Rider, Tennessee Jed, Hell In A Bucket-> Day Job Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hartford Civic Center
Location Hartford, CT

Source Ficca FOB Sony TCD5M with 2 Beyer Dynamic 160's->Sony CDR-W66>EAC>CDWave>CD via Ficca


Ficca FOB Sony TCD5M with 2 Beyer Dynamic 160's->Sony CDR-W66>EAC>CDWave>CD via Ficca


Reviewer: ScarletFire82 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2014
Subject: Trey Anastasio's first Dead show
This is the then 19 year old and future lead guitarist and vocalist of Phish (Trey Anastasio) first dead show.. He recalls “It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat,”
Reviewer: jpotts3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2014
Subject: Fire all night!
An epic night, the Stephen next show is huge, but this night had the monster of a Scarlet Fire, and as i recall the Estimated Eyes kept up the pace, though after the drums dropped from an A+ to an A- by which I mean still awesome.
Reviewer: wishy9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2013
Subject: Best sounding source
The cut in Eyes is so painful because it comes right near the end of the last chorus. Having said that, there is only about 45 or so seconds missing. The last few minutes of drums and beginning of space is missing. For the most part,83 drums is no big deal. The whole Spanish Jam is complete. Having said that,I would still go with this source. The second best sounding is the Senn 421 Wise Miller source, if you want a more complete show.
Reviewer: Kamalajams - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2010
Subject: xylophone
I'll have the Scarlet Begonias with a side of Xylophone please!!!
Scralet intro - short but sweet, check it out
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2010
Subject: GREAT (for the '80s)
i know i sound like a 60s/70s snob saying shit like that, but looking at the dead's career more objectively i personally think things went downhill after 1978. (although they did pick up again in '89-90, but i'll never be as big a fan of that period as 68-74). i know many will disagree, but that's just my too sense...

that said, there are still many little gems spread throughout the '80s, like THIS. wow, this is just one of those diamond in the rough shows,with a tremendous 2nd of the all time scarlet>fires, as many have said, as well as great estimated>eyes.

and i can see why this aud could be preferred to the SBD on Dicks Picks 6 - the tone of jerry's guitar just seems to have a lot more life to it.
Reviewer: Jay Chevako - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2010
Subject: First show
This was my first show, so I am biased. But after almost thirty years of listening to shows this one never fails to get me into a good mood.

While I was probably flying too high/too young/ too inexperienced to appreciate most of the show, it left me chasing that scarlet>fire transition.

I don't think I ever found anything as good, but the search was awesome.
Reviewer: Albix - favoritefavorite - December 9, 2009
Subject: Seriously?
What the user below is describing is the fact that this recording is out of phase. It may be decent but since it's out of phase, it sounds way off. It is also too loud. Probably from the transfer (cassette deck > CD burner > EAC). Scarlet's average loudness (RMS) is around -11db. Crank it all the way up on a half way decent stereo and you'll hear it immediately. I'm sure the taper and the folks involved with this recording did their best, I'm not knocking them at all.

On the other hand, you don't need any kind of special training to hear either of these problems, you just need a pair of ears.

What I'm wondering is why all of these 4 and 5 star reviews? I mean seriously folks, I've always thought of Heads as serious listeners but this is ridiculous :lol:

Try out the some of the other AUDs here, there's a new Wise Senn 421 source coming too.
Reviewer: jtseay - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2009
Subject: polarity issue - confirmed
Just checked the SHN files and confirmed that the polarity is reversed on the right channel (after viewing the waveforms, the left channel is pushing positive on transients while the right is pushing negative). Easy to fix and makes a HUGE difference in output level, low-end and overall listening pleasure!
Reviewer: bscalera - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2009
Subject: I never argue
best ever of anything the Dead played...too many eras, periods, transitions....their evolution was such an ongoing beautiful experience for me that I just can't make comparisons. BUT after listening to the first set which was well played, bright and bouncy, full of energy I listened to the first 30 minutes of the second set and was magically transported to the heady vitamin A days of my time at Dead shows...I can't begin to explain the warm nostalgia and flowing imagery.
Scarlet/Fire was just magic in action...listening to the rest of the show with a big shit-eating grin on my face! Peace
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2009
Subject: Great Audience Recording!
Superb sounding audience tape with great 3D stereo sound and deep bass. It sounds like you are there! Awesome job by Ficca to bring this one to the world's ears. Good performance from the boys, too.

By the way, 7-29-88 "audience" recording sounds o.k. on the .mp3 stream, but when I downloaded the .shn files, it is a distorted mess. Dissapointing.
Reviewer: Rings&Bells - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2008
Subject: Another Frosty Suggestion
Check out 7-29-88, most amazing aud I've ever heard

This Hartford show rocks! The Scarlet>Fire rivals any other version I've heard and the Eyes is a thing of beauty even if there is an unforgivable cut in it! Not much of note in the first set but the second more than makes up for it.
Reviewer: Frosty's Picks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2008
Subject: Frosty's Picks for the Hearing Impaired
I have major hearing problems. It’s called tinnitus and for those of you who don’t know it is a constant ringing in your ears. Therefore, it is hard for me to find audience shows that are of good enough quality for me to listen to without doing further damage to my hearing by having to turn up the volume past 5 to even tell what song is being played!! I am not saying anything about these shows except that as a person with major hearing lose, these are some of the shows that I have on my I-Pod. Of course some are better than others. However, I am not giving any of these shows a review. I can always find something good in every show… long as I can hear it!!!! Here is my list for today, 9/20/08:

7.6.84, 10.15.84, 6.19.91,
7.18.89, 6.21.84, 9.6.85,
10.12.84, 10.12.83, 11.1.85,
8.24.85, 7.31.82, 6.25.92,
8.5.89, 10.31.83, 6.26.92,
10.8.84, 12.5.81, 8.30.85,
11.5.85, 6.26.84, 8.3.82,
6.8.80, 4.3.84, 8.10.82,
3.14.81, 12.26.80, 4.15.83,
4.18.82, 10.31.91, 9.2.85,
10.14.83, 4.2.90, 4.30.90,

Please let me know if you have any show suggestions that compare to these in quality of sound.
Reviewer: Houjazi - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2008
Subject: Heinous Cuts
cHE13 mentioned the heinous cut on Eyes, there's also one between Drums and Space. Two heinous cuts = minus two stars. Otherwise a brilliant show.
Reviewer: cHE13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2008
Subject: eyes cut
killer second set but no one has mentioned the heinous cut in eyes so I figured I would.
Reviewer: DeadCollectorCT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2007
Subject: Excellent Show
This was definitely a good one. Nice job by the taper too .. very good quality.

An excellent Scarlet/Fire. "Best Ever" is such a subjective thing but I encourage you to check out the Scarlet/Fire from 9/15/85 - Chula Vista to compare.

- Ron from Desolation Row-
Reviewer: Alex, Geddy, Neil, Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Brent, Mickey, Billy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2007
Subject: yo yo yo yo yo HOWARD!
i agree, this is one of those rare gems where the AUD source surpasses the SBD... i'm probably not telling you anything you don't know but if you're a big fan of early/mid-80s Dead then by all means hit the archive up for 10-28-85 (very underrated show, the next night gets all the hype).

THIS is what the internet was created for: sharing kickass live music. god bless and baba boohey to y'all.
Reviewer: JSTerrapin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2007
Subject: holy crap!
This has got to be one of the best AUD recordings I've ever heard. The clarity is amazing. This taper knew what he was doing. Perfect sound for a phenomenal show.

Jerry is right on point in this show. The first set is good enough, but the second set is smoking hot. quite possibly the best Scarlet>Fire I've ever heard and the Space>Spanish Jam>Other One combo has some very inspired, and really intense moments. Definitely download this one.
Reviewer: DandyBear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2006
Subject: Smokin!
This show is Smokin! Definately worth the download. I have always prefered High Quality Audience tapes to soundboard and this recording is an example of why.
Reviewer: BlueDogNever - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2006
Subject: Better than the Dicks Picks
This is a FANTASTIC show - wish I'd known what I was missing in '83 - but I was too young & dumb.

I already Have Dicks Picks 6 (this show), but I took a listen to this and I like this AUD better. The SBD on DP6 is a good recording, but it's not as full as the one these guys did and DP6 doesn't even come close to capturing the feel and energy that must have been there the way this recording does. Thanks to Ficca & Brennan and all the other tapers / masterers / etc for all of the work they put into recording and cleaning up shows to share!
Reviewer: gotmyticket - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2005
Subject: Good Show
Well worth the time and download. Probably one of the best aud downloads on the site. The same can be said for the 10-15 show. 5 for the sets and a 5 for the sound quality. Dude did a good job. Peace and have a good new year. At least we can get the auds.
Reviewer: gotmyticket - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2005
Subject: Good Show
Well worth the time and download. Probably one of the best aud downloads on the site. The same can be said for the 10-15 show. 5 for the sets and a 5 for the sound quality. Dude did a good job. Peace and have a good new year. At least we can get the auds.
Reviewer: Thymer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2005
Subject: Spanish Jam>Other One...
Just caught the Spanish Jam>Other One while daydreaming. I must say, I really like the recording. Wish I was there. Too bad I was only in sixth grade at the time.

I must thank Jerome Garcia for all the inspiration he has provided for me over the years. The man was "Mozart" in disguise. He looked me in the eyes once before, and that was the last time I saw the man alive. Warfield, S.F. 1994, JGB. John Kahn was alive then too. I miss them both. Did some hard time for being noticed. It was worth it though.

Anyhow, Jerry's guitar is the "nebula." He taught me most of what I know about tuning in. Thankyou Jerry. I miss you man. I've got a lot more to learn...
Reviewer: darkstar11/11/73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2005
Subject: mmmmm
wow..are you sure this isnt a matrix or someshit!?!?...this is an amazing aud grab from the early 80s.....on top of that.....this is a great show.....and i hate this era of dead......i detest brent but in spite of that find myself enjoying this show.....very nice indeed.....2nd set is stand out.....eyes>drumz>space>otherone is extremely well done....brents goofy key sounds and all......i detect a spansih jam during the space segment leading into the other one
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2005
Subject: day job
day job 2 nights in a row must have pissed people off. Both nights are great. Download both. The boys brought their A game for both.

Listening again, Phileshy might have something. I'm a huge fan of Cornell 77 but this scarlet fire could be as good or better. depends one ones taste in jerry's voice at the times. either way a "must"
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2005
Subject: Fantastic show!!!!!!
This is one of those cases in which the AUD tape of a show is much preferable to the SBD (as released on DP6). The quality of the AUD is fantastic and very clear! Whoever taped it did an excellent job of mic placement and finding the right place in the hall to record.
I don't want to spoil the fun but the second set is just epic. The Scarlet>Fire is one of the best ever played, better than 5/8/77 in my opinion. The Eyes>Drums>Spanish jam>Other One is great but the Stella B. is fantastic; one of the all time great Stellas.
Reviewer: joeo sd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2005
Subject: Boys at there best
This show brings back great memories, unlike the following nights show that weekend in Hartford in 83. It was the best seats I ever had for a show. We were front row, me and 5 friends, about 15 feet in front of the band. Security was tight and there was plenty of room to move. The band opened up strong and gained momentum throughout. The show peaked at scarlet fire estimated eyes (68 minutes). They really came out in the second set and blew the roof off, especially during fire. Jerry just openly rips and the band s got his back. The quality of the recording is good and I'm now glad i can compare this show to the following night (that's another story). This show is the boys at there best in one of best years they had.
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